Big Data and Augmented Analytics: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Sep 23, 2020 11:47:06 AM

The ability to analyze and understand large sets of data quickly and accurately is vital to success in modern factory environments. Critical factors such as big data and augmented analytics play key roles in a factory’s ability to operate efficiently, while avoiding potential errors. Below we’ll walk you through the concepts of big data and augmented analytics, the advantages they provide, and various ways they influence the modern factory environment.

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Topics: automation, data management, IoT, Sensors

Intelligent and Smart Spaces: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Sep 15, 2020 3:30:34 PM

As the technology and machinery involved in manufacturing processes become smarter and more advanced, so too does the factory environment. Intelligent spaces, or smart spaces, are “physical locations equipped with networked sensors to give owners, occupants, and managers more and better information about the condition of those locations and how they’re used." Below we’ll discuss the benefits of a smart space in the factory environment as well as some pertinent examples of technology being utilized to make a factory smart.

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Topics: productivity, IoT, Sensors

Tuning a PID Loop

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Sep 8, 2020 1:00:00 PM

The Basics

A control loop is an increasingly integral device used in industrial applications. Simply put, a control loop is a “feedback mechanism that attempts to correct discrepancies between a measured process variable and the desired setpoint.” This process is controlled by a specialized computer fittingly known as the “controller”. Via an actuator, the controller makes essential corrective efforts that can drive the process variable up or down. A home furnace system is a pertinent example of a controller at work - using basic feedback from a thermostat to modify the temperature either higher or lower depending on the input.

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Topics: PID

The Internet of Things: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Sep 1, 2020 3:41:07 PM

The Internet of Things is a system of interrelated computing devices with the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-machine interaction. In a factory setting, the Internet of Things is even more specialized, denoted as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Below, we’ll discuss the specific advantages of IIoT and how utilizing this new interconnective technology influences the modern factory environment by saving time, energy, and money.

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Topics: productivity, IoT

ACD Announces the Acquisition of Adcon Engineering

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jul 31, 2020 3:48:13 PM

ACD Announces the Acquisition of Adcon Engineering

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Two great companies become one outstanding organization! 

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Topics: Company News, Industry News

Natural Language Processing & Voice Interfaces

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jul 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Burgeoning technology has given rise to time-saving and cost-cutting business opportunities. Whether it’s wireless sensors integrated with the Internet of Things or predictive analytics, new technology is spearheading the way for innovative business solutions. One such contemporary example is in natural language processing (NLP). Below, we’ll break down essentials of natural language processing, how it translates into voice interface technology, and the influence and benefits they both provide for the modern factory environment.

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ACD Expands into Columbus

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jul 17, 2020 11:53:28 AM

ACD Expands Into Columbus, OH

ACD is a new and exciting industrial automation supplier for the Columbus area. We offer industry-leading products from Siemens, Weidmuller, Yaskawa, Leuze Electronic, Murrplastik and Nachi Robotics and many others.

Along with these products, ACD provides unmatched technical support to ensure the success of our customers.

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Topics: Company News, Industry News

ACD Rebrands Logo

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jul 10, 2020 10:49:24 AM

We Have Some Exciting News!

We have a new logo!

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Topics: Company News, Industry News

Smart Motor Control Centers

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jun 19, 2020 12:00:00 PM

A motor control center (MCC) is an assembly to control some or all of the electric motors in a central location. With the emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things and the dawn of better, faster technology, smart motor control centers are beginning to come to the forefront as credible alternatives to standard MCCs. Below, we’ll walk through the basics of smart motor control centers. Also, we’ll discuss how a smart motor control center improves upon the functionality of a standard control center and how they can help your business for years to come.

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Topics: Safety, ACD Online, IoT

When a PLC Just Doesn't Cut It

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jun 17, 2020 11:45:00 AM

In a modern factory environment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are integral to day-to-day operations. During the course of operations, PLCs allow factory systems to operate reliably, while also maintaining a level of flexibility necessary to add additional models. Furthermore, PLCs can work to facilitate the troubleshooting of faulty components and also provide in-depth insight into machine health and performance. However, with the increasing complexity of industrial machinery and machine tasks, some companies are finding that PLCs cannot always satisfy their needs for high-speed data acquisition and database interaction. Because of this, modern alternatives to PLCs are being offered by a handful of companies. Below, we’ll discuss a Michigan tech company’s alternative to PLCs and how they are already utilizing their product to help various businesses around the country.

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Topics: PLCs, Safety Devices & Software, Remote Monitoring, Sensors

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